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I feel like the world of “green living” is completely saturated with people telling you how to live your life while being “green.” You sit there reading their blog, or scrolling through their pinterest, disheartened, because you will never have the will power or commitment to live like that.

I feel your pain.

I recently forgot my klean kanteen before heading on a trip to Las Vegas, luckily the convention I was attending had reusable bottles they were giving away, but they were plastic, and it’s something I only used for a few days before leaving it at my friends apartment.

That plastic bottle, no matter how long it lives in my friends apartment, will one day live out thousands of years in a landfill.

It’s a painful memory to me, that cheaply made plastic water bottle taunts me; but, that reusable plastic bottle was already made, to be given away and used at that convention.

If it wasn’t me it would have been someone else.

But that doesn’t lighten my burden. When I use plastic, I feel the guilt, I feel like a fraud.

And though I strongly believe that you should limit your plastic consumption as much as possible, I also believe that in those moments of weakness when you forget your reusable water bottle, or forget to say “no straw” and use the one provided to you, or maybe you really, really want that packaged cold brew coffee, don’t beat yourself up, but also don’t give up because of that one mistake, don’t let that one moment of weakness define you.

We all trip up. None of us are perfect.

I’m certainly not.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)